Echoes was published by Tom and Ginger Johnson for 100 issues and then for a period of time it was an “newszine.” Its last new issue was Echoes Revisited, published in 2002 as a 20th anniversary special issue. This one had a color cover (The Shadow by David Burton) and special binding. There were also 100 numbered copies.
This issue celebrates Echoes with a collection of articles new and old, along with several art portfolios and photocopies of some pulp covers. Sadly, I don’t know which articles are reprints, or from where, nor where some of these articles have appeared since. The articles are grouped by their authors.Read More
Once again another Windy City Pulp and Paper Convention has passed (2016), and we are blessed with a new edition of the Windy City Pulp Stories, now up to #16.
This year’s focus is on science fiction, as well as the 120th anniversary of Argosy. We get a great selection of articles, both new and reprinted in these area.
The largest set are focused on the celebration of science fiction. And the “new” articles aren’t so new. While they see print here for the first time, they were actually pulled together in 1979 by Robert Weinberg for a proposed tribute to Astounding on its 50th Anniversary. Which never saw print. Here we get a tribute by Robert Weinberg on Astounding, as well as an interview with A.E. van Vogt. Will Murray provides a couple of short, but still interesting, articles. One is an “alternate history” of early SF mags. Basically a look at what might have been. His second is a list of oddities from Astounding.
Then we get “Reflections on Science Fiction,” by Manly Wade Wellman, which tells of him getting into writing science fiction. “An Interview With Poul Anderson,” by Dave Studzinski.Read More
The Pulpster is the program book for PulpFest, and this time we look at the most recent Pulpster, #24, from Pulpfest 2015. I wasn’t able to attend, but got it.
Each issue of The Pulpster is packed with articles on the pulps, rounded out with artwork, and professionally printed. They stand up to any fanzine. Many articles are written by several of the major pulp researchers, and many articles are organized around the theme for PulpFest. For 2015, the theme was H.P. Lovecraft at 125.
The cover is a photo of Lovecraft taken at age 25. The rest of the issue features several great articles, plus one piece of fiction.
Tying to theme, we get a retrospective of Lovecraft’s legacy from several authors. Each one contributes about a half page write up, and many of the authors have themselves contributed Lovecraft-esque works. So these was an enjoyable set of pieces.Read More
There are three books I think every fan of The Shadow should have:
- “Gangland’s Doom,” Frank Eisgruber Jr. (1973, 1985, 2007)
- “The Shadow Scrapbook,” Walter Gibson and Anthony Tollin (1979)
- “The Duende History of The Shadow Magazine,” Will Murray, et al (1980)
Frank Eisgruber’s “Gandland’s Doom” was the first book-length work on The Shadow. Printed years ago (Pulp Classics #1 in 1973, then a Starmont House reprint in 1985), it was thankfully reprinted in a new edition by Altus Press, which fixes some errors and has updates.
We get several chapters looking at all aspects of The Shadow. We first get one on his real identity and background (as given in the pulp), then on his several false identities like Lamont Cranston and Henry Arnaud.Read More
Published by Jay Ryan‘s Solace of Fortitude Publications, the books are done in conjunction with the Doc Cons. After skipping a year, this volume ties into the recent Doc Con XVII in 2014. Clocking in at 242 pages, this volume isn’t the biggest, but is among the bigger ones.
We get a variety of articles in this issues. There is a nice article looking at Ham, Will Murray gives a retrospective on 50 years with Doc, Jay gives a overview of 60 years of Doc, and a few others.Read More
Each issue is packed with articles on the pulps, rounded out with artwork, and professionally printed. They stand up to any fanzine. Many articles are written by several of the major pulp researchers.
The major pulp convention was Pulpcon, which ran for years until Pulpcon 37 in 2008. For reasons I have no idea, the event was replaced by PulpFest in 2009. PulpFest is held in the summer in Columbus, Ohio (the prior Pulpcon moved around). Tony Davis was the long-time editor until William Lampkin (of ThePulp.Net) took over with The Pulpster #22.Read More